Even the Devil needs a day off

Went to a coworkers retirement party tonight. Interesting blend of feelings…he’d spent the last 35 years at the company and everyone who showed up to welcome him into the retiree ranks was…well…old…er. And reliving the good old days. Guess that’s part of it the circle. Stopped at a brewery on my way home and ended up doodling the devil in a death costume. So that’s clearly something I should work out. A post shared by aaron thomason (@aaron_t) on Sep 27, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT Also on Relatively Average: So many meetings today. October’s drawing challenges are coming! Wine...

So many meetings today.

So many meetings today. SO. MANY. A post shared by aaron thomason (@aaron_t) on Sep 20, 2017 at 1:49pm PDT Also on Relatively Average: October’s drawing challenges are coming! Alien pods or harmless pine cone? Feeling...
The desktop F-bomb

The desktop F-bomb

So I made a desk sculpture appropriate for Monday mornings, or that perhaps that meeting with the Marketing team. As soon as they begin to speak, just clunk this bad boy in the middle of the table, stand up and walk away. Also on Relatively Average: Brought to you by the letters L, j, e, b, and d State of Arizona Wall Art Going Steampunk…kind...
Brought to you by the letters L, j, e, b, and d

Brought to you by the letters L, j, e, b, and d

One of the first things I wanted to do once I learned to weld was to experiment with creating can letters…the hollow theater signage-style type that typically goes outside of a building or shop. You can buy the machine-made individual letters almost anywhere now, from Hobby Lobby and Target to Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, but there’s just something about being able to create them yourself. My coworkers have been asking me to create something for them ever since I started regaling them with tales of how awesome welding is, so I thought I would try doing custom initials for their offices in brushed steel. Store-bought, these would be about $15-$20 a piece at this size, but without factoring in time or the cost of the welder, the 20-guage steel I would be using would be less than that for all the letters together. I began by cutting the fronts of the letter shapes out of the steel with the class plasma cutter. Straight lines can be held by using a straight edge next to the cutter, but the rounded shapes are crude at best. I obviously need more practice: Then, having already cut a collection of 1.5″ strips of steel, I began tack welding the wall of the letters to the front plate, bending around the curves of the round shapes and bending at the corners: The periods presented a challenge, in that perfect circles are tough to achieve with a hand-held plasma cutter. In the end, I used 1.5″ sections of 2-inch pipe for the periods, and then just capped them with the same 20-guage steel I used...

Marketing vs. Usability

I’ve been working on an accompanying post to this chart, but I think the image may speak for itself. Also on Relatively Average: The desktop F-bomb Lucky...